Played at Wayne State University in Detroit. As a junior went 10-3 with 2.10 ERA and was named a Rawlings/ABCA All-American... Inducted into the Wayne State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019... Graduated from Trenton (MI) High School, where in 2005 he was All-Region, All-District, All-Conference, All-Metro and was named to the AllDownriver Dream Team... Resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Sydney, and their daughters, Brooklyn and Blaire... His sister-in-law is country singer and television personality Jesse James Decker and his brother-in-law is former NFL wide receiver Eric Decker.
Anthony Edward Bass pitched in 26 games for Toronto in 2020 going 2-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a career-high seven saves... Limited hitters to a .189 batting average and finished tied for 11th among MLB relievers in ground ball percentage (62.3)... Pitched in the playoffs for the first time in his career in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series on Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay. Worked a hitless 6th inning (2BB, 1K).
Went 2-4 with five saves and six holds while posting a 3.56 ERA in a career-high 44 relief outings with the Mariners...Kept left-handed hitters to a .165 AVG (13-for-79) while righties batted .191 (17-for-89)...Didn't make his M's debut until May 22 but finished the year tied for 2nd in appearances (44)...Allowed four home runs in his first 15 games (18.2 IP) but surrendered only one over his last 29 appearances (29.2 IP)...Began the year in the Reds organization and made 19 relief appearances with Triple-A Louisville, going 1-1 with nine saves and a 2.21 ERA (5 ER/20.1 IP)...Released on May 20 and signed a Major League contract with Seattle on May 21...Earned the win on June 12 at MIN, his first MLB win in over five years (last: May 2, 2014 vs. SEA)...Tossed 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings across eight outings from July 20-Aug. 7…Over that span, struck out 10, did not walk a batter and limited opponents to a .148 (4-for-27) average.
Posted a 3.38 ERA and 3 saves in 27 relief apps at Class AAA Iowa and a 2.93 ERA in 16 relief apps for the National League Central Division champions Cubs...had 2 stints on the Cubs' disabled list, from 7/8-7/17 with an illness and from 7/21-8/11 with a right mid-thoracic strain...from 6/11-7/4 allowed just 1 earned run in his first 14.1 innings over 14 apps for the Cubs (0.63era) before he was disabled on 7/8 with the illness...was reinstated from the DL on 7/19 but 2 days later, after allowing 4 runs in 1.0 inning over 2 apps on 7/19 and 7/20 vs StL, was disabled again with a right mid-thoracic strain...on 8/12 was reinstated from the disabled list and after clearing waivers was outrighted to Iowa, where he finished the minor league season...did not walk a batter in his first 13 apps and 13.1 innings for the Cubs...from 6/17-7/4 did not allow a run over a career-high 11 consecutive apps (11.1ip, 9h, 1bb, 12k)...on 6/20 vs LAD threw a season-high 2.0 innings (1h, 0r, 0bb, 1k)...became a free agent following the season and on 12/26 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2019 Major League spring training camp.
Anthony spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Round Rock ... made two appearances with Texas (April 25 and May 3), posting a 14.29 ERA (9 ER/5.2 IP)... Went 3-4 with a 4.18 ERA (35 ER/75.1 IP) in 18 games (12 starts) with Round Rock ... struck out 87 batters, while walking just 28... Placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list June 16 with a right shoulder strain ... activated July 30 after a three-game rehab stint with the AZL Rangers.
Pitched with Japan Series champion Hokkaido Nippon Ham-Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, going 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 37 games/14 starts…team included Pacific League MVP Shohei Otani…was 6-7, 4.76 (40 ER/75.2 IP) as a starter and 2-1, 0.64 (2 ER/28.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances… his 0.64 relief ERA was lowest of any NPB pitcher with at least 25.0 relief innings…had 7 quality starts, 6 holds, 4 games finished, and allowed just 1 of 6 inherited runners to score… season-high 7.2 IP in start on 6/9 vs. Hiroshima (L, 8 H, 4 R-2 ER)…was 4-0 with a save and 11.2 shutout innings spanning 7 relief outings in postseason, most wins by any pitcher (start or relief) in any postseason since at least 2004…was one of 3 selected for outstanding player honors after Japan Series… earned win in championship-clinching Game 6, when his RBI single in the 8th preceded a Brandon Laird (brother of former Ranger Gerald Laird) grand slam…including last 9 regular season outings, finished his year in Japan with 23.0 scoreless innings over 16 relief appearances after final start on 8/30 vs. Tohoku.
In his most recent season in the States, spent nearly the entire year in the Rangers bullpen over 2 stints for the A.L. West champs: Opening Day-7/26 and 8/6-end of season…was not on club's ALDS roster, but did make the 2 trips with the team to Toronto…spent bulk of campaign as club's long reliever, logging 8 outings of 3.0-or-more innings…his 64.0 innings ranked 2nd among TEX relievers, including A.L.-leading 47.2 relief innings at the All-Star break…had ML-high 6 relief outings of 3.2+ IP, no other ML reliever had more than 3…had most innings of any ML pitcher without a decision in 2015, most by a pitcher in Texas history…following the season, was dealt from Texas to Seattle in 11/16 Leonys Martin/Tom Wilhelmsen trade, then released by M's on 1/7/16 (unconditional release on 1/11/16) to pursue an opportunity in Japan…
Acquired by Houston in a trade with San Diego at the 2013 Winter Meetings, Bass made the Astros Opening Day roster and went 1-1 with a 6.33 ERA (19 ER/27.0 IP) in 21 relief outings...was on the disabled list from 5/11-7/1 with a right intercostal strain...had 7 K's and 7 BB in 27.0 innings, as his 2.33 SO per 9 innings was lowest ratio among all MLB pitchers with 25.0+ IP...had a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) over first 8 outings through 4/22, then had a 9.00 (16 ER/16.0 IP) figure in final 13 appearances spanning DL stint (6 HR allowed in that span) to finish at 6.33...lone win was 5/2 vs. SEA, tossing final 2.0 frames of 5-4, 11-inning walk-off win in game against M's starter Felix Hernandez...gave up grand slam to Brandon Moss in final Astros outing on 7/24 at OAK and was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City for duration of season after that game...was 2-for-4 in save chances...first batters hit .158 (3-19) with a walk and hit by pitch...allowed 6 of 18 (33.3%) inherited runners to score. Did not allow an earned run in 3 games/4.0 innings with Quad Cities (A) during June rehab assignment, and was 0-2, 3.31 (6 ER/16.1 IP) in 14 relief outings for Oklahoma City to end the year...had 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) over first 13 outings for OKC, then permitted 3 ER while recording one out in final appearance Aug. 31 at Iowa...made Astros after posting 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) with 2 saves, 14 K's, and no walks in 7 spring outings.
Posted a 5.36 ERA (25ER/42IP) with 31 strikeouts in 24 relief appearances with the Padres over four stints with the club after being on the Opening Day roster ... had a 2.60 ERA (8ER/27.2IP) with 19 strikeouts in his first 15 appearances, but a 10.67 ERA (17ER/14.1IP) with 12 strikeouts over his final nine outings ... posted a 3.24 ERA (6ER/16.2IP) in 10 home appearances and a 6.75 ERA (19ER/25.1 IP) in 14 road outings...tossed at least 1.1 innings in 21 of his 24 relief appearances and at least 2.0 frames in 12 of his 24 games...posted a 3.29 ERA (15ER/41IP) with 24 strikeouts in the second half for Tucson after posting a 7.75 ERA (33ER/38.1IP) with 36 strikeouts in eight starts in the first half.
Made his first career Opening Day roster, appearing in
24 games with 15 starts for the Padres, missing time due to a
stint on the disabled list. Began the season in the bullpen, making two relief appearances
in the first week of the season before making his first start of the
season on 4/12 vs.ARI. Went 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA(6ER/23.1 IP) over his first four starts,
all in April. Landed on the 15-day DL on6/24 with right shoulder inflammation,
remaining on the DL until 9/4...transferred to 60-Day DL on 7/31.
Made three rehab starts for Triple-A Tucson from 8/23-9/2 before
being reinstated from the DL.
Returned from the DL on 9/4 to join the bullpen, making seven
relief appearances from 9/7-28, posting a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2
IP) in that stretch. Earned his first career save in his first career opportunity on 9/20 at ARI, striking out his only batter faced to end
Posted a 1-1 record with a 3.52 ERA (15 ER/38.1 IP) in seven starts at Petco Park in 2012, with the Padres 3-4
in those starts. Posted a 2.63 ERA(4 ER/13.2 IP) in nine total relief outings overall in 2012.
Had the first complete game of his career on 4/28 at SF, taking the loss after working 8.0 innings of two-run ball...
took a perfect game into the sixth inning of that start before allowing the first hit of the game to opposing pitcher
Tim Lincecum, an infield single. At the plate, collected his first Major League hit on 5/4 vs. MIA, a bases-clearing triple...became the first player in
Padre history to hit a three-run triple for his first Major League hit (ELIAS)...just the second Padres pitcher ever to
hit a three-run triple, with the only other by Pete Smith on 8/24/97 at NYM.
Split his season between Double-A San Antonio, Triple-A Tucson and the Padres, seeing his first Major League action ... Had his contract selected from San Antonio on 6/13 and made his Major League debut that day, starting against the Rockies and picking up the win...optioned back to San Antonio the following day...recalled 6/26 and spent the rest of the year with San Diego ... During his second stint, made 24 appearances out of the bullpen before finishing the season with two starts ... Went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (2 ER/15.0 IP) in his three starts and 0-0 with a 1.89 ERA (7 ER/33.1 IP) in 24 games out of the bullpen ... Posted a streak of nine consecutive scoreless relief outings spanning 12.2 innings from 7/1-8/13 ... Named to the mid-season Texas League All-Star team during his time with the Missions.
Pitched all but one of his 28 games at Single-A Lake
Elsinore, going 8-7 with a 3.13 ERA (46 ER/132.1 IP) over 27
starts with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.45 (109/20)...Honored as both a California League postseason and midseason
All-Star...Made one spot start for Triple-A Portland, losing (5 ER/5.2 IP)...In three professional seasons, is now 22-13 with a 2.86 ERA (94
ER/296.0 IP) and 242 strikeouts over 81 games (54 starts)...Went 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA (23 ER/75.2 IP) over 13 starts the first
half of the season for Lake Elsinore...won all three June starts while
posting a 2.40 ERA (4 ER/15.0)...Had a stretch of five consecutive wins from 5/26 through 6/28, while
giving up 34 earned runs in 100.2 innings.
A Midwest League midseason All-Star for Single-A Fort Wayne before being promoted to Single
A-Lake Elsinore...Was a combined 12-3 with a 2.55 ERA (35 ER/123.2 IP) over 28 games (26 starts)...won nine of 12 decisions for Fort
Wayne before promotion on 7/17 to Lake Elsinore, where he was 3-0 in 10 games (eight starts)...Was twice the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (4/20, 6/5)...Before being called up to Lake Elsinore, went 9-3 with a 2.19 ERA (22/90.1 IP) and 69 strikeouts in 90.1 innings for the
Worked exclusively out of the bullpen in his first professional season, going 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA
(8 ER/34.1 IP) and seven saves in 25 appearances...Fanned 41 while walking 14.